Super 7: Week 10

 

1. Haverford School (7-1)

2. Springfield (9-0)

3. Bonner-Prendergast (8-1)

4. Garnet Valley (7-2)

5. Ridley (7-2)

6. Academy Park (7-2)

7. Haverford (6-3)

Under Consideration: Interboro (5-4).

You know the deal by now. The Haverford School is this year’s “team to beat” for Super 7 No. 1 honors. The Fords finish with games against Penn Charter (4-5) and Episcopal Academy (5-4).

This got me thinking, and I want to try something new with the idea of stirring a healthy debate.

The question is this: Does an Inter-Ac League team deserve to be Super 7 No. 1 at season’s end?

Two years ago, Episcopal Academy was that team, going undefeated for the year. Interboro and Garnet Valley fans believed their teams were the best in Delco and cried foul because EA is able to recruit players, doesn’t compete in any kind of playoff and is not a member of the PIAA.

Should that even matter, though? A great team is a great team, right? I can sit here until I’m blue in the face and tell you that 2012 EA was the best team that year and one of the best teams I’ve covered (which, mind you, is only a span of eight years).

I’ve only actually covered Haverford School once this year — way back in Week 1 when they lost to WestCatholic — but  our reporters have told me the Fords are  the best team they’ve seen “and it’s really not close.”

But what if Springfield goes all the way and wins a district title? Wouldn’t the Cougars deserve that No. 1 position for going undefeated before states?

The shame of it all: there’s really no way of knowing for sure who is the better team.

I’m interested to hear what people think.

 

 

District One Power Rankings: Week 10

AAAA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Coatesville

9-0

1,260

140.00

2

Quakertown

9-0

1,240

137.78

3

Pennsbury

8-1

1,220

135.56

4

WC Rustin

8-1

1,170

130.00

T5

Upper Dublin

8-1

1,140

126.67

T5

C. B. South

7-2

1,140

126.67

7

Henderson

7-2

1,120

124.44

8

Council Rock – N

6-3

1,110

123.33

9

Downingtown – E

6-3

1,070

118.89

10

Perk Valley

8-1

1,060

117.78

11

North Penn

6-3

1,050

116.67

12

Garnet Valley

7-2

1,030

114.44

13

Conestoga

7-2

1,020

113.33

14

Pennridge

6-3

1,010

112.22

15

Downingtown – W

6-3

990

110.00

T16

Truman

6-3

960

106.67

T16

Abington

5-4

960

106.67

18

Ridley

7-2

950

105.56

T19

Haverford

6-3

930

103.33

T19

Methacton

6-3

930

103.33

21

Unionville

5-4

920

102.22

22

Ply-Whitemarsh

6-3

910

101.11

T23

Spring-Ford

6-3

890

98.89

T23

Council Rock – S

5-4

890

98.89

25

Neshaminy

4-5

840

93.33

26

C. B. East

4-5

830

92.22

27

Upper Darby

4-5

800

88.89

28

Cheltenham

5-4

790

87.78

29

Boyertown

5-4

780

86.67

AAA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Springfield – D

9-0

1,390

154.44

2

Great Valley

8-1

1,200

133.33

3

Bishop Shanahan

6-3

1,090

121.11

4

Academy Park

7-2

1,050

116.67

5

Pottsgrove

6-3

1,000

111.11

6

Upper Moreland

6-3

910

101.11

7

Interboro

5-4

890

98.89

8

Octorara

5-4

880

97.78

9

Marple Newtown

4-5

870

96.67

10

Glen Mills

4-5

820

91.11

11

Upper Perk

4-5

790

87.78

AA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Bristol

7-2

1,000

111.11

2

Springfield – M

4-5

810

90.00

3

Valley Forge MA

4-4

650

81.25

4

New Hope

3-5

630

78.75

A

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Delco Christian

6-2

940

117.50

2

Calvary Christian

6-2

890

111.25

3

Kipp-DuBois

3-4

640

91.43

4

Jenkintown

4-5

770

85.56

5

Bishop McDevitt

3-6

690

76.67

At A Glance: Playoff implications for Week 10

Quarterback Jack Donaghy and Haverford aren’t out of the District One Class AAAA playoff race just yet, but they absolutely must beat Ridley (7-2) Friday night.

District One Class AAAA

Garnet Valley (7-2) at Conestoga (7-2): The Jaguars rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Haverford Friday night.  At this point, even a loss to Conestoga might not hurt (the ways things are turning out, my early prediction that a three-loss team from the Central League wouldn’t make the District One Class AAAA tournament could prove wrong). Nothing is for certain, but there’s a good possibility the Jaguars are in the playoffs regardless. But, the Jaguars won’t want to risk it. Both they and the Pioneers will treat their showdown as a playoff game.

Ridley (7-2) at Haverford (6-3):  Believe it or not, the Fords aren’t out of it yet. They need to beat the Green Raiders and hope for help. Ridley likely doesn’t get in with three losses considering both of their defeats have come at the hands of Garnet Valley and Conestoga.. So, for Ridley, whatever happens in the GV-‘Stoga likely doesn’t mean a lot. Ridley just needs to win to clinch a berth. Haverford needs a win and some help.

For full breakdown plus the District One Class AAA outlook, check out my notebook in Wednesday’s Daily Times.

 

 

 

 

 

Super 7: Week 9

1. Haverford School (6-1)
2. Springfield (8-0)
3. Bonner-Prendergast (7-1)
4. Garnet Valley (6-2)
5. Ridley (6-2)
6. Haverford (6-2)
7. Academy Park (6-2)

Under Consideration: Episcopal Academy (5-3), Glen Mills (4-4) Upper Darby (4-4)

Unless Haverford School loses in the next three weeks, it’s hard to see the Fords fall from the No. 1 spot this year (unless, of course, we have another district champion). HS is the most complete team in the county, reminiscent of the Episcopal Academy team that went undefeated in 2012.

The most significant change to the rankings involves Springfield and Garnet Valley. Having those two teams change spots was a no-brainer after the Cougars’ 7-0 win on Saturday. I debated dropping Bonner-Prendergast from the No. 3 spot, but it’s hard to fault the Friars for losing badly to one of the best teams in the state in Archbishop Wood.  As it stands, it’s hard to imagine any Super 7 team matching up well with Wood. That’s just the way it is.

Ridley stays put at No. 5, while Haverford and Academy Park change spots for this week. A lot can change next week, though, depending on what happens in the Haverford-Garnet Valley game on Friday. Haverford and AP both have won four in a row.

 

 

Central League title race is Springfield’s to lose

All-Delco linebacker Adam Krauter, left, and Springfield are closing in on the program’s first Central League title in 20 years.

The Springfield-Garnet Valley game was the best I’ve seen all year. I’m a sucker for low scoring and great defense… and that’s what we saw Saturday morning.

Obviously, there was a lot riding in this one. Both teams delivered the goods.

The aftermath: Springfield (8-0, 7-0) can clinch at least a share of the Central League title with a win over Marple Newtown (4-3) Friday night.   If the Cougars get past the Tigers, they’ll have a chance to wrap up a perfect regular season at home against Harriton (1-7) on Halloween night

Haverford (6-2, 5-1) plays at Garnet Valley (6-2, 6-1) Friday night. Sure, both teams have a shot in the Central League, but the bigger picture is the District One Class AAAA playoffs. Neither the Fords or Jags can afford another loss. Because the Central League lasts nine weeks and more than half of the teams are Class AAA teams, three losses probably won’t cut it.  GV’s Week 1 loss to Unionville could come back to haunt them..

Ridley (6-2, 5-2) and Conestoga (6-2,5-2) are hanging around, but like Haverford and Garnet Valley, they’re more concerned about doing what they need to do to ensure they’ll still be playing football in November.

Win and hope for help. That’s what makes this time of year special. Everything counts.

By the way, Haverford and Ridley play in Week 10. The Fords effectively ended the Green Raiders’ season last year.

It should be a fun final two weeks of October.

 

 

Garnet Valley coach Ricci takes leave of absence

 

Mike Ricci has begun a voluntary two-week leave of absence from his position at Garnet Valley.

In an email to Garnet Valley players, parents and coaches,  Ricci apologized for an incident on the sideline during last Friday’s 28-7 win over Penncrest.

Ricci, in a moment of anger, began screaming at one of his players and grabbed his facemask. Moments prior, Ricci fell to his knees and briefly passed out with 7:58 left in the third quarter. Fellow coaches helped him to his feet. Afterward, he said it was “dehydration.” Ricci stayed on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

In the email, Ricci said he was “embarrassed about” the incident involving the player and “it is an action that is completely unwarranted and unnecessary, and it is an action for which I am sincerely sorry.”

Ricci goes on to explain that, per doctor’s recommendation, he is taking two weeks off “from everything,” including his teaching position at the high school, to get his health in order and “recharge.”

“I love my family; I love the players on our team and I love being a part of the Garnet Valley community,” Ricci wrote. “But, when what I’m doing is having that kind of negative effect on so many others, it is a clear signal that I need to change some things.

Offensive coordinator Rich Boyd Jr. will replace Ricci on an interim basis. The Jaguars (6-1, 6-0 Central League) travel to Springfield (7-0, 6-0) Friday night with first place in the Central League on the line.

Ricci has been the head coach at Garnet Valley since 1986, save for one year (1992), when he was an assistant at Widener College. Ricci is one of the most successful football coaches in Delaware County history. He guided the Jaguars to District One Class AAA titles in 2006-07 and the Eastern Pennsylvania Class AAA championship in 2007. The Jaguars have won four Central League titles since joining the league in 2008.

 

 

 

 

Super 7: Week 8

1. Haverford School (5-1)

2. Garnet Valley (6-1)

3. Bonner-Prendergast (7-0)

4. Springfield (7-0)

5. Ridley (5-2)

6.  Academy Park (5-2)

7. Haverford High (5-2)

Under Consideration: Episcopal Academy (4-3), Glen Mills (3-4), Upper Darby (3-4).

The Haverford School retains its No.1 spot after a 22-6 triumph over Malvern Prep. Perhaps the Fords’ biggest test will come Saturday afternoon when they host an undefeated Springside Chestnut Hill team.

Garnet Valley’s 28-7 victory was by no means flawless, but the Jaguars have won six in a row entering their must-see Central League showdown with undefeated Springfield. Speaking of…

Springfield and Bonner-Prendergast swap spots in the Super 7 rankings. The Friars defeated Neumann-Goretti, 30-19, while the Cougars outlasted Upper Darby, 34-33. Had Springfield done what it’s done all season — shut down opponents on defense — they would have stayed put at No. 3. But, I think the Friars are deserving of the No. 3 spot as they prepare for a huge challenge Friday night when they host Archbishop Wood.

Ridley and Academy Park both won their games. The Green Raiders had a tough time against Strath Haven, but emerged 20-14 winners. The Knights, meanwhile, put on a dominating display and blanked Interboro, 16-0.

Finally, we introduce a new team in the Super 7. At No. 7, Haverford has won three in a row and is tied for 16th place in the District One Class AAAA power rankings with Ridley. The Fords shut out Radnor, 21-0.

Episcopal Academy falls out after a disappointing, 21-13 loss at home to Germantown Academy.

 

 

District One Power Rankings: Week 8

AAAA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Pennsbury

7-0

930

132.9

2

Coatesville

7-0

910

130.0

3

Quakertown

7-0

870

124.3

4

Henderson

6-1

850

121.4

5

WC Rustin

6-1

830

118.6

6

C. B. South

6-1

820

117.1

7

Council Rock – N

5-2

810

115.7

8

Upper Dublin

6-1

800

114.3

9

Downingtown – E

5-2

780

111.4

10

Pennridge

5-2

740

105.7

11

Downingtown – W

5-2

730

104.3

T12

Garnet Valley

6-1

720

102.9

T12

Perk Valley

6-1

720

102.9

T14

Conestoga

5-2

710

101.4

T14

Unionville

5-2

710

101.4

T16

Haverford

5-2

670

95.7

T16

Ridley

5-2

670

95.7

18

North Penn

4-3

650

92.9

T19

Truman

4-3

630

90.0

T19

Abington

3-4

630

90.0

21

Methacton

4-3

620

88.6

T22

Council Rock – S

4-3

610

87.1

T22

Spring-Ford

4-3

610

87.1

T22

Neshaminy

3-4

610

87.1

25

C. B. East

3-4

590

84.3

26

Ply-Whitemarsh

4-3

580

82.9

T27

Boyertown

4-3

540

77.1

T27

Upper Darby

3-4

540

77.1

29

Cheltenham

4-3

530

75.7

AAA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Springfield – D

7-0

970

138.6

2

Great Valley

6-1

850

121.4

3

Pottsgrove

5-2

740

105.7

4

Academy Park

5-2

730

104.3

5

Bishop Shanahan

4-3

710

101.4

6

Upper Moreland

5-2

650

92.9

7

Marple Newtown

4-3

640

91.4

8

Octorara

4-3

610

87.1

9

Glen Mills

3-4

580

82.9

10

Radnor

3-4

560

80.0

11

Interboro

3-4

550

78.6

AA

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Bristol

6-1

760

108.6

2

Valley Forge MA

4-2

490

81.7

3

Springfield – M

3-4

570

81.4

4

New Hope

2-4

400

66.7

A

School

W-L

PTS

AVG

1

Calvary Christian

5-1

660

110.0

2

Delco Christian

4-2

580

96.7

3

Kipp-Dubois

3-4

570

81.4

T4

Bishop McDevitt

3-4

560

80.0

T4

Jenkintown

3-4

560

80.0